News Story


Thousand Oaks - Man Arrested for Possession of Explosives and Assault Weapons
5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Possession of Destructive Device/Explosive Material, Exploding or Igniting a Destructive Device, and Possession of Illegal Weapons Arrest


Report Number:

RB#  14-11008


1100 Block of Vista Canyon Lane, Thousand Oaks CA


Date & Time:

5/14/2014 @ 11:25 AM

Unit Responsible:

City of Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit, City of Thousand Oaks Patrol, Special Services Bomb Unit


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence




(S) Smith, Jason Kyle



Thousand Oaks






On 5/13/14, at approximately 11:20 PM, Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies assigned to the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department responded to a 'Shots Fired' call for service in the 1100 Block of Vista Canyon Lane.  When deputies responded they contacted the reporting parties and were told the reported shots had possibly come from (S) Smith's residence.  Deputies approached the residence and saw that the sliding glass door to Smith's front patio was shattered and there was debris on the front patio.  There were numerous attempts to make contact with the occupants in Smith's residence, but the deputies were unsuccessful in making contact. 


At approximately 1:00 AM, detectives with the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit responded to the scene and surveilled the residence for any persons coming or going.  At approximately 8:55 AM, Smith left his residence and a traffic stop was initiated.  Smith is currently on active probation with search terms.  Detectives responded to Smith's residence to invoke his probation search terms.  During the search of Smith's residence it appeared as if an explosive device had exploded on Smith's front patio.  The remainder of the residence was searched with no additional persons located. 


During the search of Smith's garage, numerous assault rifles, gun parts, and miscellaneous dry chemicals were located.  Due to the possible exploded device on the front patio and the chemicals found in the garage, the Sheriff's Office Bomb Team responded to evaluate the scene and determine if the area was safe. 


The Bomb Team evaluated the scene and determined the method in which the dry chemicals were stored was safe and no evacuations of nearby residences were needed. 


Due to the property located inside the residence and garage, a search warrant was written and served at residence.  During the service of the search warrant detectives located and seized several hundred rounds of live ammunition in various calibers,  assault weapons, expanded ammunition magazines in violation of California law, and narcotics. 


On 5/14/14, Smith was initially booked into the Ventura County Jail for the felony charge of:

Penal Code Section 18720 ' Possession of substances, material or any combination with intent to make any destructive device/explosive. 


The following day, 5/15/14, after detectives were able to review all the evidence seized, Smith was additionally booked at the Ventura County Jail for the following felony charges: 

Penal Code Section 18740 ' Possessing, exploding, or igniting destructive device or explosive.


Penal Code Section 30605(a) ' Possession of Assault Weapons (3 Counts)

Penal Code Section 32625(a)  ' Possession of a Machine Gun

Penal Code Section 32310 ' Possession of High Capacity Ammunition Magazines

Penal Code Section 23900 ' Possession of a firearm with no Identifying markings

Health and Safety Code 11378 ' Possession of a controlled substance for sale

Health and Safety Code 11350 ' Possession of a controlled substance  



Prepared by:

Sergeant Dan Hawes


Media Release Date:

May 15, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective James Sullivan  (805) 371-8331 (Weapons & Drugs)


Detective Mike Rompal (805) 383-8743 (Bomb Team)



Approved by:        

Captain Mike Hartmann



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).